George Dies

George Dies

George Dies

Region: 
West Africa

For over 25 years, George worked for world-leading technology companies in computers, printers, lasers, and touchscreens. The last position he held in Silicon Valley was as director of strategic planning and operations for Hewlett-Packard Labs, where he helped to explore innovative uses of computing/printing technology. George has worked in a variety of functions including finance, human resources, strategic planning, M&A, and facilities, as well as in several countries (the U.S., Belgium, and Germany). He helped lead the integration of two Silicon Valley companies into their new parent companies after acquisitions (one of which was a result of the first hostile takeover in Silicon Valley, by a Swiss multinational).

Prior to his business career, George served seven years as a U.S. diplomat in Benin, Turkey, and Washington D.C., in political, economic, and consular roles. He is (or has been) professionally fluent in French, German, Dutch, and Turkish.

Following his business career, George worked one year as an Encore Fellow at the Marine Science Institute in the San Francisco Bay area and for six years as an applications reader in the Stanford GSB Admissions Office.

George has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in economics from Princeton University, where he also received a certificate in European Civilization.